Daily Wine News: Transparency

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-12-2020

In VinePair, Cristie Norman explores the ways in which the Court of Master Sommeliers’ lack of transparency has failed us. “The CMS-A, as it stands today, creates an unsafe and inequitable environment for everyone in the wine industry. The lack of leadership and gross ineptitude demonstrated by the board of directors on several public occasions have created an industry-wide uproar of anger and mistrust in the sommelier community toward the CMS-A.”

As restaurants shuttered, on-premise wine sales plunged. So how many bottles do producers need to sell in the off-trade to make up for the loss? In Meininger’s, Jeff Siegel talks to one researcher who may have the answer.

Wine Enthusiast profiles the winners of the 2020 Wine Star Award winners.

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, Natasha Bazika highlights wineries’ accidental projects that turned into unexpected success.

Weaker price momentum for some top wines in 2020 has not dulled optimism among analysts and merchants that collector interest in Napa—and California in general—will continue to grow on the international fine wine market, says Chris Mercer in Decanter.

In a conversation highlighted on WineBusiness.com, five women Masters of Wine discuss gender bias, diversity, and finding their voices in the wine industry.

In Vinous, Rebecca Gibb highlights a range of New Zealand white wines. “Sauvignon Blanc accounts for 88% of wine that leaves New Zealand ports but 63% of what’s in the ground, which has led to countless accusations that New Zealand is in danger of being a one-trick pony and over-reliant on one variety. Curiously, there is little concern relating to Sancerre’s Sauvignon-centric status.”

VinePair talks to sommeliers about the wine trends they wish would catch on.

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